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The Book of Immortality: The Science, Belief, and Magic Behind Living Forever Hardcover – August 20, 2013
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And then there's the wild journey to David Copperfield’s island in search of the Fountain of Youth! Plus tons of unexpected discoveries, eccentric characters, and an engrossing exposition of where longevity science is at today. A perfect balance of science writing, narrative non-fiction, poetic prose, humor and philosophy. Get it, read it, delve into the history of eternity. Excellent, excellent writing.
Erudite and pop mingled with personal glimpses drawn from family and friends, from auntie Tiny's funeral notice, to an aging Jesuit professor Gervais to his buddy Raf Katigak.
The motive for his search is to find an intersection of religion, magic and science, wherein immortality is revealed as either fake or fact.
Neither of the 3 vectors survive Gollner's probing prose unscathed, journalism, often very funny, at times with a quirky twist all his own, witty and always limpid discourse worthy of the best academics.
The highlight of the book is how Gollner and his sidekick Raf, penetrate the creepy world of the magician David Copperfield, a world of illusionism and fakery and the pitifully vulnerable creature that is David, hiding behind his fountain of youth on his kitschy resort, a distopia in the Bahamas, designed to lure the b illionares of the day.
2013 finds immortality just as elusive as it was since man began to dream of how to defeat death.
A good read, lots of facts and laughs throughout.
A tip to the reader: If you have a property with a dubious water source, put it on the market as a fountain of youth.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not quite sure what this book was about, but it surely went all over the place. I guess it was a look at immortality from a variety of perspectives, but it certainly jumped all... Read morePublished 1 month ago by R.L.D.
I purchased this book because I was interested in the science portion. Wanted to read about what's currently being done in the attempts to extend human lifespan, or at least... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Scott Kehn
I gave this as a birthday gift to my own physician. It's a fascinating read - especially for those in the business of saving and prolonging life.Published on June 15, 2014 by Suzanne L.
What a disappointment! Can not believe this book was published! Wanders all over without really saying anything. Absolute worst book that I have read in this Century.Published on April 3, 2014 by choiduchoi
5 stars for topic - immortality - I started hoping for it when I was not even six years old; 5 stars for treatment -The Book of Immortality sounds like a heavy meal but in fact,... Read morePublished on February 14, 2014 by Linda Ronocco
IMMORTALITY is an orthodox and formulaic addition the family with extended subtitles that was once called pop-science, but is now pop-anything. Read morePublished on January 19, 2014 by Peeking Man
The topic looked fascinating enough to make a purchase but I was disappointed by the author's attempt to go deeper into the subject matter.Published on January 5, 2014 by Amazon Customer